The Colosseum in Rome was a huge Roman wonder. It held the biggest sporting events of the Roman Empire. The main events were the fighting between gladiators. It also included prisoners fighting lions and/or gladiators. They even held executions in the Colosseum! I would not have enjoyed the executions.
To get into the Colosseum we had to wait in line for a while. There was a much longer line next to us for buying tickets. Luckily my Mum bought tickets on-line.
The Colosseum was a huge complex. They had never built a colosseum this big before. It was an O shaped ring with spectators seats all around. The emperor had his own box right up front in the middle of the stands.
I thought it was really cool being in a ancient Roman wonder built over a thousand of years ago.
Underground the Colosseum was cool too. They had to be able to open up the floor to let the animals, prisoners and gladiators up onto stage. They needed to have all sorts of machinery down there to make this work. They also need cages and supplies of food and water. I thought it would of been hard work building
and manning these stations underground.
To see the Colosseum from outside is pretty cool too. It was multi-story and there were arches and statues everywhere. The whole Colosseum was genius engineering.
All of the people could come to see the events held here. The Colosseum was great for social events. It was famous domestically and internationally. It was very successful.
The Colosseum was the biggest amphitheatre in all of the Roman Empire. It was cool how there were so many amphitheatres in the Roman empire and this one was the biggest!
Very rarely, the Colosseum held dancing, plays and singing. One time they even flooded the entire stage, brought in boats and had a naval battle.
The construction of the Colosseum started in 70AD by the emperor Vespasian. It was completed in 80AD by the emperor Titus. New modifications were made in the reign of Domitian(81-96). It was made out of stone, bricks, concrete and in some cases marble.
They estimate that the Colosseum could hold between 50,000 to 80,000 people, plus the emperor of course. That’s more than most soccer stadiums today, even though our stadiums are much bigger.
Over the years the Colosseum had been devastated by earthquakes and stone robbers. That’s why you see it mostly in a bunch of rubble today.
The Colosseum shows the power and the triumph of the Roman Empire not just in military but in art and science and economics. I thought Rome was a huge success.
The Colosseum was funded by the remains of a Jewish temple in Jerusalem after the Siege of Jerusalem.
The Colosseum experience was amazing.